Los Angeles is the city of sun, fun and beauty, so if you’re there and looking for Insta-worthy spots, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
The thing that’s fun about LA’s best Instagram spots is that a lot of them are relatively close together, which makes for a fairly concentrated scavenger hunt, and a fun few hours out.
If you plan it right, you’ll hit the Insta spot that also serves food right when you’re ready to eat. It’s LA, so be prepared to pose with a slew of others doing the same silliness you are.
The Paul Smith pink wall
Where you’ll find it: 8221 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
This pink wall is probably the unofficial Instagram icon for Los Angeles. And all it is is a pink wall on the side of the Paul Smith store on Melrose. But it’s the perfect pink for posing. *Note: this wall has become such a thing that there’s a security guard in the parking lot and sign posted rules that say no photoshoots with professional cameras, cell phone snaps only. (You are welcome to insert eye roll here. I did. Even though I love this wall).
Where you’ll find it: 356 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Angel’s Flight in Downtown LA is a cool one. It’s actually what’s believed to be the world’s shortest railway that was built in 1901 to help passengers navigate the uneven city. It costs $1 to ride but it’s fun and there are photo ops all along the ride.
Grand Central Market
Where you’ll find it: 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
When you’re done with Angel’s Flight, it’s a short walk over to LA’s famed Grand Central Market. It’s been around since 1917 when it was an actual market with fruits and veggies where people would do their shopping. Some of those old-time vendors remain, though now it’s more of a spot for more hip eateries.
Where you’ll find it: 221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Broad (pronounced bro-d) is one of LA’s newest museums, and more than just its art, the museum is known for its cool honeycomb-like look. It’s free to enter the museum, but you have to reserve a ticket and spaces go quickly. Right now, there’s a Yayoi Kusama exhibit on.
Where you’ll find it: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
LA’s museums are definitely doing it right when it comes to museums. At LACMA (formally known as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art), the lightposts are a dreamy, staple scene. They are actually an art installation themselves, called Urban Light, done by artist Chris Burden. The beloved sculpture art made a debut in the movie No Strings Attached.
Where you’ll find it: 3423 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016
I’ll end with one of my favorites, the California Dreaming mural. I love it not only for the color, but for the fact that it just has that perfect California vibe. *Note: This one’s also in a sort of deserted parking lot near a main road, but the pictures will only show the glamour).
*Places I didn’t make it to that are also worth the pics
I couldn’t get to all of LA’s Instagram gems, but one’s of note that you should add to your tour if time allows are the Santa Monica Pier, the Venice Beach sign at Venice Beach, Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Sign (bring sensible shoes for that one, because it’s a bit of a hike if you want to get the close up view that’s always on Instagram).